The names Eric Bischoff and Jeff Jarrett have come up a lot when speculating who could potentially be the mastermind of Aces and Eights.
Do I think they have some involvement? Of course. Aces and Eights being a motorcycle gang, in my opinion, gives away that Bischoff is a part of the group. According to Real Screen, he has apparently been a fan of the biker community for quite some time. If nothing else, he helped create the idea.
But making either Bischoff, Jarrett or both the group's co-leaders or president and vice president would honestly be way too predictable.
I believe we're actually headed towards something similar that happened in WCW years ago with the goal of things turning out better than before.
Bischoff and Vince Russo, former WCW, WWE and TNA head of creative, were brought in to replace Kevin Sullivan to run the daily operations of WCW.
Bischoff and Russo proceeded to declare all WCW titles vacant. They also created a new stable called The New Blood, which was a team of young wrestlers employed by WCW who felt they had been held back by the older stars. The older stars in response created their own stable called the Millionaire's Club.
Besides the obvious tie-in of Hogan being the main target then of New Blood and now (according to Devon) the main target of TNA's Aces & Eights, Hogan also wore a black denim vest during this story line that had the initials F.U.N.B (F.U. New Blood) on the back.
Who currently wears vests as a part of their attire? Aces & Eights.
The phrase F.U.N.B describes what many have felt like is the problem with a legend like Hogan. He cares more about keeping himself in the spotlight than seeing new and younger stars receive their one chance to shine.
TNA is supposed to be where wrestling matters and opportunity is plentiful. Members of Aces & Eights will obviously turn out to be guys who have been held back and wronged in some way or another, whether in TNA, WWE or some other wrestling promotion.
The masks may be in place to not only keep us guessing at identities, but as a way of giving the angle more creative control and appeal.
Let us be honest here. If TNA had followed their usual pattern of bringing in former WWE guys and had them attack Sting and later others, fans would have instantly grown sour on the storyline. Then there are the other A&E members (besides those in filler roles) who may not have immediate face recognition.
Therefore, I think there are guys (not all) who are involved in this storyline who TNA desires to eventually become household names within their company. You need for them to achieve something relevant as opposed to being unmasked and soon becoming a part of the background.
Wes Brisco and Luke Gallows come to mind as two of those wrestlers.
The New Blood angle was not what WCW needed it to be. So it ended before truly going anywhere. TNA's Aces and Eights angle, meanwhile, has gained some success.Yet there is more to be desired than seeing constant fights.
Vince Russo and/or Dixie Carter should be behind Aces & Eights; I'm hoping for Russo. He has a controversial past with Hogan (Bash at the Beach 2000).
Russo, as the mastermind of Aces & Eights, could ultimately drive Hogan away from the wrestling business. People blame him for problems that occurred within WCW and TNA, when it reality he felt Hogan was the problem.
They could even say that Hogan pushed for Russo to leave TNA as head of creative and convinced Dixie to bring in Bruce Pritchard (whom Hulk is familiar with from his time in WWE).
Dixie, on the other hand, could be angry that all of Hogan's promises to make TNA better almost bankrupted the company. Heck, they could even say that she made a deal with Sting to gain Hogan's trust, but all along he was actually working with her and Aces & Eights to establish Hogan's downfall. In return, Sting could be the first inductee into the TNA Hall of Fame. Plus other incentives.
The Aces & Eights story line is scheduled to go for several more months. So it will be interesting to see where this is headed.
A war of the new and old, ending potentially with the younger stars coming out on top.